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Internet cafe raid last month nets first arrest

The State Attorney’s Office reported its first arrest in Lake County stemming from the April raid of five alleged gaming houses here during a statewide law enforcement operation.


Internet Cafes


article Internet cafe owners skirt regulations
(Ohio) -- Having taken up inconspicuous residences in strip malls around the city, Toledo is home to many internet cafes, each sporting an alluring name that entices...


article Final day inside Jacksonville adult arcade
(Florida) -- The countdown is on. All Jacksonville adult arcades will shut down at 11:59 p.m. Sunday, several months ahead of the original Feb. 1, 2020, date they were...


article Internet cafe lawyer challenges Jacksonville’s ‘simulated gambling’ ban
(Florida) -- A lawsuit filed Friday seeks an injunction to stop the city from enforcing rules the City Council approved in May and this week. A lawyer for several...
article Simulated gambling at internet cafes now illegal in Jacksonville; what happens next?
(Florida) -- Around the same time Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry signed a bill into law making simulated gambling devices illegal immediately, dozens of employees and...


article Convicted Internet cafes owner insists there was no gambling
(Michigan) -- A woman convicted of operating illegal casinos at Internet cafés she owned says the state got it wrong – that she was offering no-risk sweepstakes to...


article Jacksonville councilman wants to ban 'simulated gaming machines'
(Florida) -- City leaders are considering a new tactic in efforts to shut down more than 100 internet cafes operating in Jacksonville. An attempt by the Florida...


article Some Jacksonville internet cafés operating without permits
(Florida) -- Hundreds of internet cafés, also known as adult arcades, are operating in Jacksonville, and many remain open after having their permits revoked. Over the...


article Gambling ‘epidemic?’ This NC city has more arcades than it does McDonald’s.
(North Carolina) -- There’s a gambling “epidemic” in Sen. Andy Wells’ hometown, he says, that’s been virtually untouched by the state...


article Lawmakers look to crack down on sweepstakes machines
(North Carolina) -- The state House is trying to beef up penalties for illegal sweepstakes operations, but it's unclear if the Senate will consider the bill just...
article New video gambling ban surfaces in House
(North Carolina) -- A new proposal to increase the penalty for having two or more video gaming machines popped up in the House Finance Committee on Tuesday morning, long...


article Luck may run out for internet cafes
(Colorado) -- A Colorado bill clarifying the definition of gaming machines with the goal of outlawing certain internet cafes and gambling establishments is awaiting the...


article Reports: Lamont gang members killed man after altercation at Internet casino in Bakersfield
(California) -- Two men charged with murder in a shooting outside a Bakersfield Internet casino last month are documented Lamont gang members who were involved in an...


article DA advises law enforcement on sweepstakes cafes
(North Carolina) -- At a recent meeting of local enforcement, the district attorney discussed how to face internet sweepstakes cafes in the county. Interim District...


article Owners of closed arcades seek changes in gaming laws
(Massachusetts) -- Supporters of coin-operated arcades for adults asked lawmakers on Tuesday to change the state’s gaming laws to allow the popular venues to...


article Agents shut down 4 internet cafes suspected of gambling
(Florida) -- Law enforcement officers seized more than 170 pieces of electronic equipment during raids at four internet cafes in Ocala suspected of illegal gambling....
article Four Years After Florida Government Shutdown, Internet Cafes Make a Comeback
(Florida) -- Four years after they were shut down by the government and a scandal led to the arrest of dozens of people and the resignation of a lieutenant governor,...


article NEW: Two face gambling charges after 2015 raid on Juno ‘computer’ store
(Florida) -- The former owner and co-manager of a Juno Beach internet cafe have been arrested on gambling and other charges, two years after police raided the business...


article Council approves operation of ‘adult arcade’ on U.S. 52
(North Carolina) -- Cash pay-out, video-game arcades, a close cousin to internet sweepstakes cafes, now have a foot in the door in Albemarle. By granting a conditional...


article Charges In Florida's Internet Cafe Fraud Case Dropped
(Florida) -- The legal situation regarding online gambling has been difficult to understand in the USA because of the numerous jurisdictions with different laws. In the...


article Attorney general moves to stop Mathis retrial despite critic's allegations
(Florida) -- Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi is attempting to put a stop to a retrial in the case of Kelly Mathis, who was convicted and sentenced to six years in...


article Attorney General’s Office to appeal Kelly Mathis decision to Florida Supreme Court
(Florida) -- Attorney General Pam Bondi’s office wants the Florida Supreme Court to take up a case involving a prominent Jacksonville lawyer who was charged with...


article Mathis argues judge erred
(Florida) -- A Daytona Beach appellate court appeared open Tuesday morning to throwing out the conviction and sentence of a Jacksonville lawyer who was the only one...


article Internet cafe in Glendale closed down for alleged illegal gambling
(Arizona) -- An Internet cafe in Glendale has been shut down for alleged illegal gambling. On Wednesday morning, investigators from the Arizona Department of Gaming and...


article N.C. man indicted in one of five suspected internet gambling stores in Richmond region
(Virginia) -- A North Carolina man has been charged with operating an illegal gambling operation inside a Richmond storefront that police said offered casino-like games...


article Alleged ‘internet gambling cafe’ busted in La Puente
(California) -- Sheriff’s deputies carried out a raid at an alleged illegal gambling house operating out of a La Puente internet cafe on Wednesday night,...


article Gambling laws force Vallejo business to close
(California) -- A Vallejo business was closed earlier this week after allegedly violating California gambling laws. Investigators from the California Department of...
article Illegal gambling cafes shut down in Fairfield, Vallejo
(California) -- More than 30 computers were seized and two illegal sweepstakes gambling cafes in Fairfield and Vallejo were closed down, police said Friday.
article Police seize gambling computers in Fairfield, Vallejo
(California) -- The Fairfield Police Department with cooperation from the Bureau of Gaming Control seized 20 computers Tuesday utilized for what authorities suspect was...


article Gambling Establishments Disguised as Internet Cafes Shut Down
(California) -- The Attorney General's Office shut down a pair of internet cafes on Tuesday after determining they were operating as illegal gambling establishments...


article Legality questioned at internet cafe trial
(New Jersey) -- Attorneys and prosecutors debated state gambling laws and loopholes Thursday during the trial of a father and son accused of running two illegal casinos...


article Concord business owner charged in electronic gambling investigation
(North Carolina) -- A Concord business woman was arrested in an electronic internet gambling "sweepstakes" investigation. Patricia Newton, the owner of...


article Investigations, citizen complaints continue for 'social gaming' businesses
(California) -- Search warrants reveal the Bakersfield Police Department and Department of Justice have made more investigations into some "social gaming"...


article Merced County joins suit against gambling software provider
(California) -- Merced County has joined a lawsuit filed by the state of California against a Canadian firm that supplies gambling software to so-called “...


article Authorities: Internet cafe in west Phoenix was operating as illegal casino
(Arizona) -- The Arizona Department of Gaming and Phoenix police have served a search warrant on a suspected illegal gambling business in west Phoenix. Authorities say...


article Virginia police shut Internet gambling stores promoted as retail 'bidding' outlets
(Virginia) -- When police raided and shut down the grand opening of Chippenham Bids on Midlothian Turnpike last month, investigators confiscated 567 computers in the 10,...


article Area police shut Internet gambling stores promoted as retail 'bidding' outlets
(Virginia) -- When police raided and shut down the grand opening of Chippenham Bids on Midlothian Turnpike last month, investigators confiscated 567 computers in the 10,...


article Illegal gambling business raided
(North Carolina) -- A Northampton County Internet cafe and bingo hall was searched Wednesday after numerous community complaints were received by law enforcement, Eric...


article 200 gambling machines seized in Sampson County
(North Carolina) -- Dozens of law enforcement officers have seized about 200 illegal gambling machines in Sampson County. The Fayetteville Observer reports that more...


article South County internet cafes closed for illegal gambling
(California) -- Two South County internet cafés have been closed after an investigation by the county Sheriff’s Office found that illegal gambling was going on at...


article Group Approves Plans For Park's Historical Racing Machines
(Kentucky) -- The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission granted approval for Turfway Park to install at least 250 historical racing wagering machines. Media outlets report...


article Flagstaff café owners convicted of criminal gambling
(Arizona) -- The former operators of an east Flagstaff Internet café have been convicted of running an illegal gambling operation. A jury in the Valley found Laura Marie...


article Convicted: 2 ran gambling cafes posing as coffee shops
(Arizona) -- Two Arizonans have been convicted of gambling and conspiracy charges in connection with operating an "illegal sweepstakes cafe", the Arizona...


article The Weird, Sketchy History Of Internet Cafes
(Worldwide) -- How Internet Cafes Were Born: In the 17 February 1993 edition of the Washington Post, writer John Boudreau filed a story from San Francisco headlined...


article AG: 2 convicted in Arizona of running gambling cafes
(Arizona) -- The Arizona Attorney General's Office says two people have been convicted of gambling and conspiracy charges for operating an "illegal sweepstakes...


article Sweepstakes owners, staff implore commissioners
(North Carolina) -- Friday, the District Attorney’s Office released a notice compelling all Lenoir County sweepstakes cafés to close within 30 days. Monday...


article Agencies point fingers as Internet cafes reopen
(Florida) -- The state has determined that Internet cafes provide a form of illegal gambling, but no agency is taking responsibility for why many of them are being...


article Police Crack Down (Again) On Cocaine-Fueled Excelsior Gambling Clubs
(California) -- It seems like only yesterday that the City Attorney's office announced it would be closing down illegal gambling cafés in the Excelsior.


article City seeking ‘kingpins’ of Excelsior gambling shacks
(California) -- Residents and law enforcement officers have been busy in the Excelsior neighborhood trying to thwart gambling shacks and blighted buildings as the...


article Internet cafe manager arrested on gambling charges
(Florida) -- A manager at an Internet café was arrested Thursday and charged with keeping a place for gaming or gambling, possession of slot machines and other charges.


article Search of San Leandro 'Internet cafe,' San Ramon house yield suspected gambling funds
(California) -- Search warrants executed at an Internet cafe and a San Ramon home revealed cash believed to be proceeds from illegal gambling, police said Tuesday....


article Sugar Grove says 'no' to another gambling cafe request
(Illinois) -- Sugar Grove officials still aren't interested in having video gambling cafes in the village. Monday night, trustees told that to a prospective cafe...


article Illegal gambling businesses in Phoenix searched; 14 arrested
(Arizona) -- Authorities say 14 people have been arrested after two search warrants were served at illegal gambling businesses in Phoenix.
article Police arrest 14 at illegal gambling businesses in Phoenix
(Arizona) -- 14 people have been arrested after investigators from the Arizona Department of Gaming (ADG) and members of the Phoenix Police Department served two search...


article Lucas given probation in illegal gambling case
(Ohio) -- The illegal gambling case against local resident Marshall Lucas has finally come to an end. Lucas and representatives from the Ohio Attorney General’s...


article Evidence at Internet cafe reveals gambling operation
(California) -- Local and state officials found evidence of what they suspect is a sweepstakes cafe gambling operation in Fairfield. At approximately 9:30 a.m. Wednesday...


article Man's long fight over gambling laws ends in guilty plea
(South Carolina) -- A man who insisted for years that his phone card business was legal gave up his fight against South Carolina on Tuesday and pleaded guilty to tax...


article Gov. McCrory's mysterious role in NC sweepstakes scandal
(North Carolina) -- The North Carolina State Board of Elections recently concluded its two-year investigation into campaign donations made by video sweepstakes companies...


article Internet cafe's appeal denied
(California) -- Cyber Call 888, an Internet cafe that city officials said illegally offered sweepstakes-style gambling, hasn't been open since March. But the...


article Selma father and son face illegal gambling charges – again
(North Carolina) -- Federal prosecutors have filed charges against a father and son from Selma, accusing them of running an illegal sweepstakes operation.
article Phoenix businesses raided for illegal gambling; 3 people arrested
(Arizona) -- Authorities say two Phoenix businesses used a facade to conduct illegal gambling. Officials with the Arizona Department of Gaming (ADG) and Phoenix Police...


article Murrieta Cyber Cafe Raided For Running Alleged Illegal Gambling Operation
(California) -- Police on Friday raided a Murrieta cyber cafe, seizing computers that authorities said were used to run an illegal casino-style gambling operation.


article Sweepstakes cafe raided by police department
(California) -- An online gaming parlor in Murrieta was raided and shut down this week by the Murrieta Police Department. The operation was conducted on Thursday, Aug. 6...
article Kern playing an active role in state Internet cafe task force
(California) -- A joint state and local Sweepstakes Gambling Task Force that includes the California Attorney General and the Kern County District Attorney's office...


article 'Social gaming' club raided by Bakersfield police
(California) -- Police served a search warrant Thursday morning at a "social gaming" club in northeast Bakersfield. Investigators say they removed 36 computers and $3,...


article Internet sweepstakes company pleads no contest to criminal charges
(Texas) -- An Internet sweepstakes company that operated in Mineral Wells was convicted Wednesday of engaging in organized criminal activity and money laundering. The...


article ‘No room' for illegal gambling in Gilroy
(California) -- The owner of the Gilroy Bizzness Center, which was closed down by a Gilroy Police Department raid one week after opening its doors on allegations of...


article Loomis businessman pleads guilty to providing illegal gambling machines to Internet cafes
(California) -- A Loomis-based corporation and its owner pleaded guilty Thursday in Sacramento federal court to conducting an illegal gambling business by providing...


article Internet cafe suspected of illegal gambling
(California) -- Chula Vista police and the Department of Justice are investigating an Internet cafe suspected of housing an illegal gambling operation, authorities said.


article Galesburg council to discuss gambling parlor regulations
(Illinois) -- Aldermen will discuss a number of measures aimed at regulating video gambling parlors in Galesburg Monday night during its City Council Meeting.


article VFW sweepstakes: Grey area as big as Texas
(Texas) -- They're controversial, and they're keeping many Veterans of Foreign Wars posts across the state afloat. The blinking lights and beeps of the "...
article Fayetteville settles two sweepstakes lawsuits, appealing another
(North Carolina) -- The city of Fayetteville has quietly settled two lawsuits by video sweepstakes gambling operators who wanted their privilege licenses fees refunded,...


article Gaming operations shut down in Swain
(North Carolina) -- Swain County Sheriff’s Office shut down alleged illegal gambling at three gaming businesses in the county on Wednesday afternoon. The...
article NC Sweepstakes probe shows pay-to-play politics
(North Carolina) -- The State Board of Elections spent two years probing the muck of North Carolina’s pay-to-play political system and found no violations of the...


article California Supremes Equate Online Sweepstakes With Slots
(California) -- The California Supreme Court has effectively shut down sweepstakes games in the state by equating them with slot machines. It is illegal for any other...


article Phoenix business shut down for illegal gambling
(Arizona) -- Authorities have shut down an illegal gambling operation in east Phoenix. Investigators from the Arizona Department of Gaming and members of the Phoenix...


article CA Supremes To Sweepstakes Cafés: Stop! Before You Break The Law
(California) -- The California Supreme Court has dealt what many believe to be a deathblow to Internet sweepstakes in the Golden State. According to the high court's...


article Internet Games Are Slots, Calif. Supremes Say
(California) -- The California Supreme Court affirmed a ruling that computerized sweepstakes games at several Kern County Internet cafes are illegal slot machines. The...


article CA Supreme Court Closes Online Sweepstakes Loophole
(California) -- The ruling of the Californian Supreme Court to outlaw Sweepstakes Cafes could have implications for the future of online gambling in the Golden State.


article California Supreme Court Rules Online ‘Sweepstakes’ Gambling Illegal
(California) -- While most of the legal attention is focused in on the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to legalize same-sex marriage in all 50 states, the State...


article 'Sweepstakes' games at Internet cafes are illegal, state high court rules
(California) -- Computerized “sweepstakes” games that have been available in some Internet cafés in California are illegal under state gambling law, the...
article California court says 'sweepstakes' games are illegal
(California) -- Computerized "sweepstakes" games offered at special Internet cafes are the equivalent of slot machines and therefore illegal under state law,...
article State top court outlaws coffeehouse Internet gambling
(California) -- The California Supreme Court dealt a death blow Thursday to Internet “sweepstakes” coffeehouses in the state, ruling that their computerized...
article Gaming Department Raids Phoenix Internet Cafe, Arrests Manager
(Arizona) -- The Arizona Department of Gaming and Phoenix police raided a Phoenix Internet cafe on Wednesday, arresting the manager in connection with an illegal...
article Internet cafe manager arrested for illegal gambling
(Arizona) -- A manager for a Phoenix internet cafe was arrested Wednesday during an investigation into illegal gambling at the business. Phoenix police officers, working...
article Phoenix PD: Internet cafe a front for gambling business
(Arizona) -- Police made several arrests and seized computers and other evidence Wednesday afternoon when they executed a search warrant of a Phoenix Internet cafe on...


article Local sweepstakes parlors virtually extinct
(Pennsylvania) -- Buildings that once were a beehive of activity now sit closed and abandoned. Equipment formerly filling those premises has been removed, with no signs...


article Savoy board not interested in gambling cafes
(Illinois) -- Nothing has been finalized, but village board members have made it clear they are not interested in having more "casino cafes" in Savoy.


article Woman gives birth in internet café - and then carries on with her online game
(China) -- Shocked onlookers in Shandong, China, wrapped the baby with a piece of cloth and called the woman, who had run away from home, an ambulance.


article I-Team: Illegal gambling parlors continue to steal from senior citizens
(Florida) -- More than 1,800 strip-mall gambling parlors, called “internet cafes” became illegal two years ago when the Florida legislature passed a law...


article Richmond Heights approves Skillz Zone gaming parlor as state struggles to crack down on Internet cafes
(Ohio) -- A year after the state cracked down on so-called Internet cafes, Richmond Heights City Council has changed its zoning code to accommodate a new skilled-gaming...


article North Carolina Sweepstakes Operators Backing Out to Avoid the Law
(North Carolina) -- North Carolina may not jump to most people’s minds when they think of contentious US gambling issues. But the reality is, sweepstakes cafes...
article Editorial: US Attorney Walker makes a good deal to shut gambling sites
(North Carolina) -- So-called Internet cafes have long been regarded as little more than thinly veiled gambling sites by law enforcement and prosecutors.


article Software firms agree to keep Internet sweepstakes games out of North Carolina
(North Carolina) -- Federal prosecutors have reached agreements with multiple software companies – deals that force them to stop offering allegedly illegal...


article Sweepstakes gambling on the way out in NC?
(North Carolina) -- Looks like the U.S. Attorney Thomas Walker's office was ready to crack down, at which point the sweepstakes gambling "industry" made a...


article Savoy to consider criteria for gaming cafes
(Illinois) -- Village President Robert McCleary asked trustees to discuss setting criteria for "casino cafes" in Savoy after the board denied a liquor license...


article Bakersfield police raid computer game arcade
(California) -- Police raided a computer game arcade, armed with a search warrant to look for evidence of illegal gambling. Shamrock Social Gaming and Mining had been...


article The state GOP supports sweepstakes industry and empowers sleaze
(North Carolina) -- Are the Republicans in Raleigh trying to be the party of corruption? They complained about a "culture of corruption" when the Democrats...


article Florida House Passes Dave & Buster's Bill
(Florida) -- It’s been two years since Florida passed a law shutting down Internet cafes. Now, the Florida House has approved a bill clarifying that family-...
article NC Supreme Court declines review of video sweepstakes
(North Carolina) -- The state’s highest court declined to take up appeals in two electronic gaming cases, letting the convictions stand in a decision that authorities...


article Former NC Sen. Thom Goolsby to lobby for sweepstakes industry
(North Carolina) -- Former N.C. Sen. Thom Goolsby – a newly appointed member of the UNC Board of Governors – is lobbying for a group representing the...


article Ohio Supreme Court rules Internet cafe owners entitled to some materials from gambling investigations
(Ohio) -- The Ohio Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that the owners of two Internet sweepstakes cafes who sued Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty were entitled to see...


article Despite raids, some Internet cafes remain open
(Florida) -- After the latest law enforcement crackdown on Internet cafes and arrest of people who operate them, News4Jax is asking why some of these businesses are...


article Jacksonville authorities close 5 gaming centers
(Florida) -- As Laplachue Tyler watched Jacksonville authorities raid Calypso’s Play Our Sweepstakes on Merrill Road Friday morning and learned four other gaming...


article FBI Investigating 11 SJ Businesses Busted in Illegal Gambling Raid
(California) -- San Jose police and the FBI conducted a massive illegal gambling raid on Tuesday evening, where they hauled off as many as 100 gaming machines.
article Police, FBI raid cafes, bars in illegal gambling probe
(California) -- Police officers and FBI agents are raiding 11 Vietnamese cafes and bars in a crackdown on illegal video gambling machines in a Northern California city.


article Oakland shuts down 'sweepstakes cafe’ as alleged gambling parlor
(California) -- Oakland city officials said Wednesday that they filed a lawsuit against an illegal gambling establishment in the city’s Fruitvale District, a...
article Online gambling, e-cigarette issues revisited in Dixon
(California) -- Emergency bans on online gambling and electronic cigarettes may have been voted down in Dixon, but the subject matter is far from dead.
article Three indicted for running illegal Defiance gambling house
(Ohio) -- Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and Defiance County Prosecutor Morris J. Murray today announced that a Defiance County Grand Jury has indicted three...


article Internet cafe owners indicted
(Ohio) -- The owners of a former Findlay Internet cafe, the Talk-N-Win at 7525 Patriot Drive, have been indicted by a Defiance County grand jury on multiple charges of...
article Oregon trio indicted on illegal gambling charges
(Ohio) -- Three Oregon residents have been indicted by a Defiance County Grand Jury on charges of running illegal gambling house throughout northwest Ohio.


article Owners of Internet cafe charged with crimes
(Ohio) -- Three people accused of running illegal gambling houses across northwestern Ohio —including one in Fremont — were charged with crimes on Thursday....


article Internet cafe or gambling house?
(California) -- The owner of a northeast Stockton strip mall wants one of his tenants busted for allowing what he says is illegal gambling to go on inside the store. An...


article Kelly Mathis maintains innocence on Internet cafe gambling charges
(Florida) -- "I did nothing more than any other attorney would do, I provided legal advice and advocacy to my client," said Kelly Mathis in his first...
article 3 accused in running illegal gambling out of Portland cafe plead not guilty
(Oregon) -- Three suspects in an international scheme to operate illegal gambling machines in Oregon pleaded not guilty in a Portland courtroom on Wednesday for their...


article Allied Veterans of the World: A massive scandal -- or just overreach?
(Florida) -- The public corruption scandal that unfurled through Florida two years ago came with warnings that the 57 illegal gambling arrests were just the beginning.


article Alleged Gambling Operation Owners Refuse To Shut Down, Forcing San Francisco To File Lawsuit
(California) -- San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera filed a lawsuit Thursday with the aim of shutting down an alleged illegal gambling operation in the city...


article Ban on Internet sweepstakes games clears panel
(Kentucky) -- Although some believe so-called sweepstakes cafe devices — which sell Internet time and award jackpots to customers — are already illegal, a...


article Kentucky receives bill to ban Internet cafes from offering sweepstakes games
(Kentucky) -- Republican Senator Mike Wilson does not seem to like what is going on inside of the Internet Cafes. The senator has started a fight against Java Cafes, but...


article California attorney sues to shut down illegal casino
(California) -- A Northern California city attorney has filed a lawsuit against an illegal casino amid a crackdown on so-called Internet sweepstakes cafes that have...


article Oakland shuts down 'sweepstakes cafe’ as alleged gambling parlor
(California) -- Oakland city officials said Wednesday that they filed a lawsuit against an illegal gambling establishment in the city’s Fruitvale District, a...


article Investigators: Internet cafe shut down for illegal gambling
(Kentucky) -- A business in Ashland, city leaders are calling a illegal gambling operation, is closed. Lucky 7's, on 13th Street, was shuttered by deputies on...


article Alleged gambling business near downtown shut down
(Kentucky) -- The city filed a lawsuit Wednesday and got a restraining order to close what it says is an Internet gambling business that opened in January near downtown...
article Business owner who fatally shot would-be robber won't face charges
(Kentucky) -- As police investigate a spate of recent homicides in Wilmington, the shooter in one incident may not face charges. Saturday evening, the owner of a video...


article Sweepstakes operators' lawsuit against city police chief set for trial
(North Carolina) -- An Internet sweepstakes business’ lawsuit against Burlington Police Chief Jeffrey Smythe is scheduled to go to trial next week. The suit,...


article Computers, gun seized from Internet café in Oildale
(California) -- Computers, drugs and a loaded gun were seized from a so-called Internet café in Oildale. Days before that happened, Eyewitness News started investigating...


article State Officials Shut Down Illegal Gaming Cafes
(Florida) -- The Attorney General’s Office teamed up with the Arizona Department of Gaming, the Phoenix Police Department and the Department of Public Safety to...


article Gaming Dept. officials shut down illegal gambling cafes
(Arizona) -- State authorities say they have shut down two Internet cafes in Phoenix as part of an ongoing illegal gambling investigation. Arizona Department of Gaming...


article Arizona authorities pull plug on Internet gambling operation
(Arizona) -- Tucked inside a tiny strip mall near 15th Avenue and Indian School Road, there is a barbershop. Or, at least that's what the sign on the building...


article 2 Phoenix Internet cafes closed in illegal gambling investigation
(Arizona) -- Arizona law enforcement shut down two Phoenix Internet cafes Tuesday as part of an ongoing illegal gambling investigation, said Arizona Department of Gaming...


article Internet sweepstakes cafes shut down in California
(California) -- Internet sweepstakes cafes, the thinly disguised gambling sites that kept popping up throughout the Bay Area, have shut down to comply with a state law...


article New Internet gaming café to open in Northfield Village
(Ohio) -- Northfield Village will soon be home to the first gaming café in the area since Jackpots and Dusk 'till Dawn closed last year. Owner Howard Shafron plans...


article Lawsuit Filed On Video Machines - Brevard NC
(North Carolina) -- Lucky Sweeps, Inc ., has filed a lawsuit against the Brevard Police Department and the Transylvania County Sheriff’s Office in response to the...


article Approach to gambling operations divided along county line
(Florida) -- The computer gambling terminals have all been removed from one former simulated slot machine parlor on Lockwood Ridge Road in Sarasota and workers were busy...


article Illinois video gambling locations use loophole to operate “casino cafes”
(Illinois) -- A recently conducted study of Illinois Gaming Board (IGB) records of Illinois video gambling found that hundreds of locations have used a loophole in the...


article Video sweepstakes gaming loses a big one
(North Carolina) -- The video gaming/gambling business in North Carolina lost a big one Tuesday (11-18-14) when the Court of Appeals ruled 3-0 that two operators'...


article Despite illegality, Internet gambling cafes continue operation on the Suncoast
(Florida) -- State legislators took on Internet cafes last year, making the businesses illegal in the interest of protecting consumers. Police have been enforcing the...


article No Prison for Leader of Charity in Gambling Scheme
(Florida) -- The former leader of a Florida veterans' charity that prosecutors said was a front for a $300 million gambling operation won't face any prison time...


article Windsor bans sweepstakes cafes
(Colorado) -- Windsor may officially be Colorado’s first municipality to ban sweepstakes cafes. Windsor Town Board voted unanimously Monday to prevent Windsor...


article Residents not concerned about video poker cafes
(Illinois) -- Alderman Jeremy Karlin recently poised a question to residents on Facebook, asking if they wanted the council to consider regulating video poker cafes....


article Anti-crime group targets 'sweepstakes' machines
(Illinois) -- An anti-crime group in Illinois launched a campaign Thursday to eradicate unregulated casino-like kiosks in bars and other venues that mimic legal video...
article Legality of Sweepstakes Machines Questioned in Report
(Illinois) -- The legality of machines similar to video gambling, but aren’t subject to the same regulations, is being questioned in a new report. The machines are...


article Anti-crime group targets 'sweepstakes' machines
(Illinois) -- An anti-crime group in Illinois launched a campaign Thursday to eradicate unregulated casino-like kiosks in bars and other venues that mimic legal video...


article Anti-crime group targets Illinois 'sweepstakes' machines; alleges organize crime involvement
(Illinois) -- An anti-crime group is launching a campaign Thursday to eradicate what it says are video gambling devices at bars and other venues across Illinois, arguing...
article Colorado Sweepstakes Cafes Illegal, Says State AG
(Colorado) -- Colorado sweepstakes cafes are illegal. At least, that’s the opinion from the state’s Attorney General’s office, which has issued a legal...


article Cybercafes across the state may be in jeopardy
(Colorado) -- The future of the state’s 40 cybercafes, 4 of which are in the Grand Junction area, appears to be in jeopardy. A legal opinion issued by the Colorado...


article Colorado AG says cybercafes are illegal gambling
(Colorado) -- The Colorado Attorney General's office has issued a legal opinion concluding that cybercafes are a form of gambling requiring approval from voters...


article Colorado AG: 'Cybercafes' are illegal gambling operations
(Colorado) -- The future of "cybercafes" in Colorado grew murkier Friday after the attorney general's office issued a legal opinion concluding that the...


article Internet café raided in gambling investigation
(California) -- Investigators confiscated 18 computers and arrested the owner of an Internet café in Moreno Valley this week on suspicion of running an illegal gambling...


article Internet café raided in gambling investigation
(California) -- Investigators confiscated 18 computers and arrested the owner of an Internet café in Moreno Valley this week on suspicion of running an illegal gambling...


article Governor signs Internet cafe bills
(California) -- Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a pair of locally significant bills -- one clearing the way for the creation of a hospital authority to take control of Kern...


article Proposed moratorium could affect Bingo Sweepstakes Cafe in Greeley
(Colorado) -- After quietly opening in June near the corner of 10th Street and 35th Avenue, the Bingo Sweepstakes Cafe entices patrons with a chance to win big —...


article Despite laws, skill-game parlors still popular in Stark
(Ohio) -- When Perry Township police raided five skill-game parlors in 2013 for illegally paying cash prizes to customers, officers noticed something odd on the backs of...


article State law could limit spread of gambling cafes
(California) -- The lure of easy money drew Jeff Nayer to a Santa Rosa Internet cafe offering casino-style computer gambling. He played once a week for about six months...


article Legality of Sweepstakes Debated Across County Lines
(North Carolina) -- North Carolina's Attorney General says video gambling is illegal, the state's Supreme Court has ruled sweepstakes parlors are against the law...


article Cali Internet Cafe Closures Spike Gambling Online
(California) -- All internet cafes in Kern County, California have now been shut down. However, many people have found a solution to these closures in the form of online...


article California Bill Set To Ban Sweepstakes Cafes [sub req'd]
(California) -- The California legislature has overwhelmingly approved a bill to ban Internet sweepstakes cafes. Assembly Bill 1439 was introduced in January to close a...


article People turning to online gambling after internet cafes close
(California) -- It's still 'game over' for Kern County internet cafes but many are now turning to online internet cafes instead. "It's all over the...


article Federal jury selection date set in Myrtle Beach area sweepstakes case
(Florida) -- Jury selection has been set for Sept. 3 in a federal money laundering case against a Columbia area man who owned sweepstakes businesses in Carolina Forest...


article Police Bust Internet Cafes in South California
(California) -- Authorities in South California swooped down on two internet cafes and closed down the businesses on grounds of illegal online gambling. Two people were...


article Peoria City Council to discuss gaming cafés at tonight's meeting
(Illinois) -- Not everybody likes to go to a bar or a riverboat casino to gamble, Dan Whalen said. That’s the purpose video-gambling cafés serve.
article Video-gambling cafes draw closer look; City Council turns away one application, defers on two others
(Illinois) -- The fate of two proposed video-gambling cafes in Peoria is on hold. But the City Council didn’t wait to reject another one.


article Word on the Street: Video gambling cafes surprise, concern city officials
(Illinois) -- We’re not sure video-gambling cafes are what state legislators had in mind when they approved those betting machines five years ago. But we know Eric...


article San Francisco Supervisor Losing Patience With Excelsior’s Internet Gambling Cafes
(California) -- Supervisor John Avalos wants to know what’s going on with City Business Center on Mission Street in the Excelsior, which was told to close down in...
article Jacksonville man charged in illegal gambling operation at 'Internet cafe'
(Florida) -- A sixth person was arrested Wednesday in an “Internet cafe” sting that was first announced by Sheriff John Rutherford in July.


article Owners Say Cash Changing Hands Amid Casino-Style Games Is Not Illegal
(Florida) -- One year after a gambling scandal prompted Florida to ban casino-style games from storefront arcades, cash is once again changing hands amid what appear to...
article Gambling den in Excelsior evades police, city pressure
(California) -- Gambling is continuing at an Excelsior storefront, despite pressure from police and political leaders who point out that the computer-based slot machines...
article 6th arrest made in July Internet cafe arrest
(Florida) -- Police have made a sixth arrest connected with the raid on July 11 of two businesses operating as Internet cafes.


article State, Seminole sheriff must return millions to Oklahoma gambling figure
(Oklahoma) -- An appeals court Friday ordered Florida and the Seminole County Sheriff's Office to return several million dollars and a yacht to a convicted Oklahoma...


article State, Seminole sheriff must return millions to Oklahoma gambling figure
(Florida) -- An appeals court Friday ordered Florida and the Seminole County Sheriff's Office to return several million dollars and a yacht to a convicted Oklahoma...


article Arcade rooms go underground as owners, promoters targeted
(Hawaii) -- Arcade rooms are going underground, trying to stay hidden now that police and prosecutors are cracking down on them. KHON2 was the first to report on a raid...


article Special Probation for Cafe Sweepstakes Manager
(Connecticut) -- The former manager of Enfield business that was shut down for operating Internet sweepstakes games has been granted special probation on charges related...


article “Sweepstakes game” business accused of gambling
(California) -- A decision by Visalia officials that a business offering computers for customers to play games is an arcade and needs a conditional-use permit to...


article 5 employees arrested in illegal gambling operation in Jacksonville
(Florida) -- Five Internet cafe employees have been arrested in an illegal gambling operation that centered around two businesses offering casino-style slot machine play.
article Jacksonivlle police arrest 5 in Internet-cafe raids
(Florida) -- Two Internet cafes were raided and five people arrested Friday in what Jacksonville Sheriff John Rutherford said was an investigation into illegal gambling.


article Sweepstakes lawsuit against Burlington chief headed for trial
(North Carolina) -- A lawsuit by a sweepstakes business against Burlington Police Chief Jeffrey Smythe appears headed for trial.


article Opinion: It’s time for hearings in NC sweepstakes probe
(North Carolina) -- In April 2013, Democracy North Carolina, a group that advocates fairness and transparency in elections, filed a complaint with the N.C. Board of...


article Pontiac internet cafe sues attorney general over sweepstakes law
(Michigan) -- A Pontiac business has filed a lawsuit against Michigan’s attorney general, seeking a ruling regarding the legality of a sweepstakes offered by the...


article California cracks down on 'sweepstakes cafes'
(California) -- Next to a massage parlor, a doughnut shop and a liquor store, more than two dozen people sat inside a darkened business in a strip mall dropping $2 bets...


article California cracks down on 'sweepstakes cafes'
(California) -- California law enforcement authorities are cracking down on Internet sweepstakes cafes, businesses featuring dozens of computers where customers bet on...


article Businesses say they offer online 'sweepstakes' games, but law enforcement sees a gambling hall
(California) -- California law enforcement authorities are cracking down on Internet sweepstakes cafes, businesses featuring dozens of computers where customers bet on...


article California cracks down on 'sweepstakes cafes'
(California) -- Next to a massage parlor, a doughnut shop and a liquor store, more than two dozen people sat inside a darkened business in a strip mall dropping $2 bets...


article State supreme court to review Internet cafe cases
(California) -- Two appellate court decisions that unplugged Internet cafes in Kern County and Bakersfield this spring will be reviewed by the California Supreme Court.


article Police investigating possible gambling offense at Internet Cafe in DeWitt
(New York) -- Authorities are investigating possible gambling offense in the town of DeWitt, an Onondaga County Sheriff's Office spokesman said Wednesday night.


article Internet cafes betting on new software to stay open
(Florida) -- Just two months after police shut down Jacksonville's Internet cafes for a second time, the businesses are popping up around the area again.


article Readers say lawmakers were right to shut down Internet cafes: Follow the Money
(Ohio) -- Internet sweepstakes cafes ran out of luck at the Statehouse, and many readers were pleased state lawmakers decided to essentially ban the...


article Deep-pocketed casinos, others drown out efforts by Internet cafe owners to save their businesses: Follow the Money
(Ohio) -- The casino industry and its supporters pumped $423,000 into Statehouse campaign coffers during a three-year legislative fight to eliminate Internet sweepstakes...


article Game rooms try their luck in Victoria, but some question legality
(Texas) -- Through the iron bars guarding the front door, a handwritten note, black marker on copy paper, was taped to the glass: "Closed until further notice."


article Internet cafes raided in Austintown
(Ohio) -- The investigation is still ongoing after multiple law enforcement agencies raided three Internet cafes in Austintown on Thursday. Now those cafe owners may be...


article Studying and lounging mixing with gambling
(Illinois) -- Called a “gambling cafe” or “grandma’s casino,” the first one in Yorkville — Java Jills — opened in a strip mall...


article ‘Grandma casinos’ playing their cards in Fox Valley
(Illinois) -- They have names such as Dotty’s, Penny’s and Stella’s, and they are lining up in strip malls throughout the state. Called “gambling...


article A year after restrictions imposed, some Internet cafes have adjusted, held on
(Florida) -- Up and down U.S. 19, the signs serve as reminders of just how popular Internet cafes were at one time in Hernando County. Sunrise Internet Lounge, K&K...


article Lawmakers OK crack down on 'skill-games'
(Ohio) -- Ohio lawmakers are handing authority to casino regulators to crack down on slot-machine-like “ skill-games” operators who illegally award cash...


article Closing of Lucky Duck leads to criminal charges
(Ohio) -- The war against Internet cafes continues. In May 2013, the Lucky Duck closed after a raid. The investigation of the business at 351 Lexington-Springmill Road...


article Florida has highest rate of charity scams in nation
(Florida) -- A charity reform bill is awaiting the governor's signature – and legislators backing it say it'll protect you from scams. 10 News reporter...


article Police raid Internet cafe in Milpitas for illegal gambling
(California) -- A curtain of black Venetian blinds remained drawn this week behind the tinted glass windows and adjacent doors of Net Connection within a Milpitas strip...


article OP/ED: Legislators Folded On Sweepstakes Revenue
(Connecticut) -- In the midst of its midnight sprint to hastily pass dozens of laws before the 2014 legislative deadline, the Connecticut General Assembly inexplicably...
article 4 more defendants plead not guilty in gambling case
(Hawaii) -- The remaining four defendants in the racketeering and gambling case involving Products Direct Sweepstakes machines pleaded not guilty Monday morning in state...
article Hawaii Latest State to Crack Down on Sweepstakes Parlors
(Hawaii) -- For most Americans, Hawaii seems like an exotic destination, a place where one can go on a grand vacation to get away from their troubles.


article Video gambling operations going strong in Scotland County
(North Carolina) -- After a District Court judge tossed out a charge against the owner of an Internet gaming cafe in Laurinburg in December, at least 20 other businesses...
article Video gambling operations in the Cape Fear region
(North Carolina) -- Internet cafes also have started to open in Raeford and Hoke County, which is served by District Attorney Kristy Newton.

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